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Michigan Road Construction Accident Lawyer

Many roads and bridges in Michigan are almost constantly under construction. Typically, these construction zones appear and disappear with little or no notice. So, unless drivers are very attentive, they might easily miss them. Unfortunately, not all drivers are attentive, which is why some drivers turn to our Michigan road construction accident lawyers.

At Buchanan Firm, our compassionate Grand Rapids car accident lawyers understand the pain and suffering that construction zone accidents usually cause. So, we arrange for victims to receive medical care from top doctors. And, we always listen to you, so we can better respond to your needs. Furthermore, our road construction accident attorneys proactively communicate with you through the whole process, so you are never in the dark.

Construction Zone Crash Injuries

Distracted drivers often cause these collisions. When drivers eat, talk on their cell phones, or do anything else other than drive, they often cause serious injury collisions. Some common wounds include:

  • Broken Bones: Typically, vehicle collisions do more than break bones. The excessive force normally crushes them. So, doctors must use metal parts to set the bone during surgery. As a result, most victims must undergo many months of physical therapy. Even then, there is usually some permanent loss of motion or other lingering injuries.
  • Blood Loss: Generally, in wrongful death cases, exsanguination is the official cause of death. The same forces which crush bones also cause internal organs to smash against each other. Many times, the resulting bleeding continues unabated until victims reach hospitals. Even then, such bleeding is difficult to stop.
  • Head Injury: Traumatic Brain Injuries kill over 50,000 Americans a year. The vague initial symptoms, like vomiting and disorientation, make them difficult to diagnose. By the time more advanced symptoms appear, like tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and severe headaches, TBIs are difficult to treat.

Sometimes, driver error is not an issue in construction zone claims. Instead, the fault lies with the construction company. These companies have a dual responsibility. They must complete the project as efficiently as possible, and they must also ensure motorist safety. In the rush to make money, some companies follow that first directive but ignore the second one.

Damages in a road construction crash case usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

Evidence in Construction Zone Crash Claims

To obtain these damages, victim/plaintiffs must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). So, evidence proves injuries. Additionally, there is usually a direct relationship between the amount of evidence the victim/plaintiff presents and the amount of damages jurors award.

Event Data Recorders are often critical in construction zone claims. Much like the black box flight recorders in commercial jets, EDRs capture and store information like:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Steering angle
  • Engine acceleration
  • Brake application

This evidence can help build a case and also refute contributory negligence and other insurance company defenses.

A road construction accident attorney must act quickly to preserve electronic and physical evidence. Otherwise, the insurance company may “accidentally” destroy it. Furthermore, Michigan has very strong vehicle data privacy laws. So, our Grand Rapids injury attorneys usually must obtain court orders to inspect and download EDR information.

Connect with a Tenacious Lawyer

Construction zone crashes often cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced road construction accident attorney in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. Our main office is conveniently located near the Ford Library.